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  • Rock Band DLC: RATM, A7X, Talking Heads, Oasis, Jam

    Posted on August 28th, 2009 Shawn 2 comments

    Wow, Harmonix continues to impress with their weekly Rock Band downloadable content. Next week (as I’ve said many weeks before) is one of the best weeks I’ve ever seen for DLC. Some of my favorite bands made the cut from several genre’s too. I will be picking up DLC from at least 4 of the 5 bands (regular readers, can you guess which ones?)
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    Here’s the official announcement from HMXSean:

    Default DLC Week of 9/1 TALKING HEADS!

    Hey all,

    Awesome week a’ comin’. Especially if you are as big a fan of the Talking Heads as me (I own every release they ever put out in just about every region on vinyl… just a little obsessed). In addition we’re kicking some new flavor in your ear holes with Avenged Sevenfold, The Jam, Oasis, and Rage Against the Machine. The Wii is getting Tom Petty, Judas priest and more in a epic week as well. And we have not forgotten the PSP – Guns ‘N Roses and Franz Ferdinand. Believe it.

    Tracks available on Xbox 360 (Sept. 1) and PLAYSTATION 3 system (Sept. 3):
    • Avenged Sevenfold – “Bat Country”
    • The Jam – “A Town Called Malice”
    • The Jam – “Going Underground”
    • Oasis – “Supersonic” (Live)
    • Rage Against the Machine – “Guerilla Radio”
    • Talking Heads – “And She Was”
    • Talking Heads – “Crosseyed & Painless”
    • Talking Heads – “Girlfriend is Better”
    • Talking Heads – “Once in a Lifetime”
    • Talking Heads – “Take Me to the River”

    (All tracks are original master recordings)

    These tracks will be available for purchase as Talking Heads Pack 01 and as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system.

    Price:
    $1.99 USD, £.99 UK , €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track
    $8.49 USD, £5.25 UK , €6.59 EU (680 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for Talking Heads Pack 01

    Wii Additions
    American rocker Tom Petty breaks onto Rock Band for Wii next week with two of his biggest solo hits, “I Won’t Back Down” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” both from his 5x platinum 1989 album, Full Moon Fever. This was Petty’s first solo album, after parting with The Heartbreakers; it reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Classic rockers Fleetwood Mac and English rocker Billy Idol return to Rock Band, as well as Australian rockers Jet with, “She’s a Genius,” from the band’s new album, Shaka Rock, which hit shelves Aug. 25. Back-catalog tracks from Judas Priest and The Pretenders will also be available in the Wii Rock Band Music Store next week. These tracks come from the catalog of Rock Band music already released to owners of Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system. With the addition of these tracks, there are now more than 647 tracks in the Wii Rock Band Music Store.

    Additional tracks available for Wii (Aug. 25):
    • Billy Idol – “Mony Mony”
    • Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
    • Fleetwood Mac – “Don’t Stop”
    • Fleetwood Mac – “World Turning”
    • Jet – “She’s a Genius”
    • Tom Petty – “I Won’t Back Down”
    • Tom Petty – “Runnin’ Down a Dream”
    • Bare Naked Ladies – “Hanukkah Blessings” *
    • Billy Squier – “Christmas is the Time” *
    • Judas Priest – “(Take These) Chains”
    • Judas Priest – “Bloodstone”
    • Judas Priest – “Devil’s Child”
    • Judas Priest – “Fever”
    • Judas Priest – “Pain & Pleasure”
    • Judas Priest – “Riding on the Wind”
    • Judas Priest – “Screaming for Vengeance”
    • Judas Priest – “The Hellion/Electric Eye”
    • Judas Priest – “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”
    • Nikko – “Break My Heart” *
    • Nikko – “Don’t Tell Me” *
    • Pretenders – “Blue Christmas” *
    • Pretenders – “Precious”

    Price:
    $2.00 USD (200 Wii Points) per track
    *Denotes $1.00 (100 Wii Points) per track

    Rock Band Unplugged Tracks for PSP®System
    Rock Band Unplugged fans will enjoy the addition of Franz Ferdinand’s “Lucid Dreams” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Riad N’ The Bedouins” to the 35 tracks already available via the Rock Band Unplugged in-game music store for the PSP system.
    Tracks available for Rock Band Unplugged (Sept. 3):
    • Franz Ferdinand – “Lucid Dreams”
    • Guns N’ Roses – “Riad N’ The Bedouins”

    Price:
    $1.99, £.99 UK , €1.49 EU per track on the PSP system
    ** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change. **

  • 5 Days Until Guitar Hero 5. Excited?

    Posted on August 25th, 2009 Shawn 7 comments

    September 1 is coming up fast. That’s the day Activision releases the next addition to the Guitar Hero franchise. This time around, it’s less of a “let’s charge $60 for new songs and last years game technology”, and more pushing the boundaries of what rhythm games can do.

    So, have you pre-ordered the game? Are you planning on picking it up next week? What are you excited for?

    Some of the new features of GH5, include:

    • Software compatible with Guitar Hero World Tour peripherals.
    • In the all-new Party Play mode, players can now jump in or drop out of gameplay seamlessly, without interrupting their jam session.
    • Play with any in-game instrument combination in any game mode – multiple vocalists, guitarists, bassists and drummers.
    • Features new in-game artists and rock legends, including Johnny Cash, Carlos Santana and Shirley Mason from Garbage.
    • The entire 85 song set list is available from the beginning of the game.

    I’m most excited about the Party Play mode. It’s not something that a hard core player would be focused on, but when you have a get together, and casual players (or non-gamers) show up, the new mode should make for some fun playing.

    Don’t forget, Amazon still has the amazing deal, that includes GH5, GH: Van Halen, $10 in MP3s, $10 off your next game, and FREE shipping…all for $59.99 ($49.99 on PS2)

  • Loving Prototype on Xbox 360

    Posted on August 21st, 2009 Shawn No comments

    In my pseudo Rock Band hiatus, what’s a gaming addict to do? Look for a deal on a new and very different game (that’s getting good reviews of course), and play the hell out of it. That’s exactly what I have been doing with Prototype on Xbox 360.

    I will give my take on this game, but it will be a non-conventional review, since Prototype is unlike any game I typically play.

    1. It uses every button on the controller
    One main reason I don’t buy into this current generation of games is due to all the freakin’ buttons required to play a game. I come from the era of NES and SNES. I miss the days of 2 or 3 buttons.

    Prototype is no exception to the excessive button rule.  All 11 buttons, 2 analog sticks each with button, and the D-pad are used throughout the game.  Multiple button combos are used to execute different moves, attacks, etc. As you progress through the game, the character learns new abilities which translates into different uses for the buttons and new combos.  There is a set of buttons used when walking, when in a vehicle, when flying, and when in a helicopter (which I just got access to last night). The basics were easy enough to learn, since button mashing will kill most opponents fairly easily. To start, X and/or Y do all the attacks, A jumps, and RT runs. Oh and Left Analog directs the character, Alex Mercer. Learning those four feels OK, and running the game on “Normal” difficulty allows a reasonable start to the uncoordinated (me).  As the game progresses, you quickly learn B+Y combos plays a big role, LT aims at enemies and clicking the Analog Sticks brings up inventory menus.  So in short, expect to use every piece of your controller.  That’s just how it is.  I’m now about 10% 60% through the game and action scenes are picking up pace, enemies are becoming more aggressive and difficult to defeat.  The need to know button layout is crucial.  Fortunately, there are usually safe places where I can go to practice the button layout.   I could see that taking a break from this game for a few months would require a lot of relearning to get back into it.

    2. Graphics good. Cut scenes are decent, but mouths look bizarre
    I’m a fan of stories in games and good cut scenes.  With Prototype, there’s a decent story, and you get tidbits along the way by consuming (yes, basically eating) specific opponents. Those cut scenes are primarily audio with still pictures, but gets you detail on the games background.  The real cut scenes come at the beginning/end of missions.  Those have good audio, and quite good graphics.  Though, the mouths and teeth all look bizarre.  Almost looks like people are drooling, or have rotten teeth, when they certainly do not.
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    The graphics in game are very good.  Very detailed, and lot’s of 3D going on.  Think of it a lot like the look of GTA IV, and others state Crackdown too.  There is so much going on and there is no lag on screen.  There is the occasional camera looking the wrong way issue, but your character is pretty resourceful, and a few seconds of bad camera angle usually won’t get him killed. Also, if you look in the far distance, some objects miraculously appear as you get closer, as if the game is protecting itself from performance lags. It’s not annoying to me, though something you will notice occasionally.  It doesn’t affect game play though.

    3. Open NYC world is fun, and stuff can be ruined
    The reason I bought the game (aside from it being the Deal of the Day from Amazon at $40), was the open-world concept where everything can be destroyed. All people, all vehicles, chairs, fire escapes, fences, streetlights, and more can be destroyed. I like that.  I’ve found only specific buildings can be leveled though.  As I have progressed through the game, I can take out hives and and military buildings, but I have not yet been able to destroy a random apartment building (which I want to).

    You have all of Manhattan to explore, which is fun.  I’ve covered most of it, at least quickly running, and flying.  Though, there are still a few corners I haven’t seen in detail.  I tried crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and that’s where the world just ends. Your character goes no more, so a little realism is lost there, but I guess the world has to end at some point. Since you have only Manhattan (don’t get me wrong, it is huge), a time will come when you are sick of seeing Times Square, Central Park, and the Empire State Building.

    4. Additional Game Play
    If you are wondering, I’m now on day 10 of 18, in the game.  Past the halfway mark.  I started by playing lots of side missions (there are a ton), and exploring the open world (i.e. destroying, collecting things, gaining random achievements) which isn’t part of the main mission. Now, I’m just on a quest to complete the story mode, and later will come back to try the additional side missions.

    I’ll post some more thoughts as I get further.  Let me know if there is something specific you’d like to hear about.

  • Rock Band: Petty arrives & faves Fleetwood, Idol, Jet return

    Posted on August 21st, 2009 Shawn 1 comment

    Some decent DLC listed for next week in Rock Band. I could see picking it all up.
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    Default DLC Week of 8/25 Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Idol, Jet!

    Hey all,

    What a week – Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Idol, Jet. We are not screwing around. We also have a ton of catch-up going on the Wii. And a couple new ones for Unplugged. How do we do it? We’ll never tell. I’m off to go play some “Runnin’ Down a Dream”.

    Tracks available on Xbox 360 (Aug. 25) and PLAYSTATION 3 system (Aug. 27):

    • Billy Idol – “Mony Mony”
    • Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell”
    • Fleetwood Mac – “Don’t Stop”
    • Fleetwood Mac – “World Turning”
    • Jet – “She’s a Genius”
    • Tom Petty – “I Won’t Back Down”
    • Tom Petty – “Runnin’ Down a Dream”

    (All tracks are original master recordings)

    These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 systems.

    Price: $1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track

  • UPDATE2: Buy Guitar Hero 5, get GH: Van Halen for free, plus $10 in Amazon MP3s, Plus $10 off your next game

    Posted on August 20th, 2009 Shawn 4 comments

    UPDATE: If the deal wasn’t enough for you with a free copy of Guitar Hero: Van Halen and $5 of free MP3’s from Amazon, well it got better. Now, when you buy Guitar Hero 5 from Amazon, you still get everything I mentioned above, plus $10 off your next video game purchase from Amazon. Now, you can get The Beatles: Rock Band one week later ($10 off regular price or for $46.99).
    UPDATE2: Maybe I’m reading this wrong, but the Amazon listing for Guitar Hero 5 now states everything I mentioned about plus another $5 of free MP3’s from artists in the game. Check for yourself. But, if this is as it is written, you get GH5, GH:VH, $10 off your next game, and $10 in free MP3’s, plus free shipping on everything. You pay $60 (and there is an Amazon price guarantee, if the game price drops between now and when it ships, you get the lowest price). You pay $60, and get $135 of stuff, with free shipping. So, WTF are you waiting for?
    GHVHGH5Deal

    Too Good to be true?

    Buy Guitar Hero 5, get Guitar Hero: Van Halen for free, plus $5 in Amazon MP3s. That’s over 135 songs, for less than $60.

    GH5 Features:
    * In-game Avatar support
    * GH:WT / DLC & GH:Band Tour Song Import
    * Drop-in / Drop-out Party Mode
    * Mixed combination of Instruments.
    * Expert+ Mode for Drums
    * Most All GH:WT / All DLC Songs have been recharted to support Expert+ and GH5 features.

    I’m still fired up for The Beatles: Rock Band, but the deal above is pretty incredible!

    Who’s going to get this deal?

  • Play NBA 2K9 on Xbox Live with P-Nut from 311 on 8/31

    Posted on August 20th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    I’m not an NBA gamer (or into basketball of any type), but I’m big Xbox Live fan and a giant 311 fan (from the way back machine). Check out the announcement from Xbox Live, plus Nick Hexum is promoting it on his Twitter feed.

    @NickHexum Play P-Nut on XBox Live on 8/31: http://bit.ly/17SXAc

    Play NBA 2K9 with 311

    Published August 19, 2009

    Alternative rock band 311 drops by Xbox LIVE to play Xbox LIVE® Gold Members in NBA 2K9 on August 31.

    The band 311.

    The band 311.

    If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold Member (if not, upgrade now!), and you want a chance to play with 311, send a friend request to the following Gamertag and be online half an hour before (5:30 P.M. ET) the Game with Fame session starts on Monday, August 31, 6:00 P.M. ET.

    The band 311, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and now recording at a place called The Hive in California, have been around in various forms since 1988. But their latest album Uplifter, the fourteenth studio effort from this band that mixes the genres of rock and reggae, may be both their most intense and most successful release to date. That’s quite a thing to say, as their back catalog is impressive. They’ve scored in the top five position on the Billboard Magazine Modern Rock Tracks chart with six separate singles. The band 311 consists of Nick Hexum (vocals), Doug “SA” Martinez (vocals, turntable), Tim Mahoney (guitar), Aaron “P-Nut” Wills (bass), and Chad Sexton (percussion).

    Get a sense of the sound of 311 by downloading these items from Xbox LIVE Marketplace:

    If you get a chance to play with 311, we want to hear about it! Send us an e-mail with the subject: “GWF – 311.” Be sure to include your Gamertag and home town.

  • Rock Band Station: All (but 1) Beatles Rock Band Songs

    Posted on August 19th, 2009 Shawn 3 comments

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    Rock Band DLC
    Radio
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    NEW:
    All DLC through August 18
    Entire sountrack (but 1) for The Beatles: Rock Band
    This station contains artists from the ever growing collection of Rock Band content across all versions, consoles and regions. As of 8/19/2009 every available song on Slacker is “hearted” in the station. I have banned all unrelated artists and songs. You will find very few non Rock Band tracks in this station. As of today, more than 800 songs from the collection have been hearted. (No SpongeBob)
    Enjoy, Rock On!
  • Every Music Game You Could Ever Want

    Posted on August 19th, 2009 Shawn 2 comments

    Here’s a single location to pick up every music game that’s available (and at some of the cheapest prices). I’ve got Rock Band (old, new, track packs, you name it), Guitar Hero (5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!), singing games, dancing games, brutal killing games. It’s all here and easily linked over to our Amazon store.

    The link will take you to all the available platforms (Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PS2, PSP, and DS). If you are in the market, buy from our links and support the blog. If you are not in the market, look in awe at how many music related games are available. It’s staggering. Let me know if I missed something.

    Band Games (Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Rock Revolution)

    Dance Games

    Karaoke Games

    Handheld Games

    Brutal Legend 🙂

    DJ Games

  • Xbox 360 Elite, $289 at new Circuit City / Woot Online

    Posted on August 13th, 2009 Shawn No comments


    What, Circuit City is still open? Apparently, yes..and in partnership with my favorite online retailer, woot.com (there it is!).

    Today, get the Xbox 360 Elite (that’s the one with the big ass 120GB harddrive) for only $289. It’s a sweet deal!

    Get it here

  • MyGGGo Now Producing Songs for Rock Band Network

    Posted on August 11th, 2009 Shawn 2 comments

    The time has come to get into Rock Band Network production before the beta officially opens. I’ve made the decision to get all the necessary tools and begin charting/authoring songs for Rock Band.

    I’m starting with my bands and friends bands. This is a project for fun, not for profit. I’m hoping to get electronica music from Innerfuze, hip-hop/metal from Suspicious Hooligans, and others soon.

    We are not focused on any specific genre, but our background covers hip-hop, rock, metal, and electronica.

    I won’t be going this alone. I have a team of musicians, software developers, and audio production experts teaming up to give this a go.

    We are hobbyists, with full-time day jobs. We love music production, we love Rock Band, and we love software development.

    Keep posted for news, as we progress.

    Most importantly, do you have a band or do you know of a band that might want to get their songs in Rock Band? We’d love to take on your bands songs and get you in as one of the very first new bands on the Rock Band Network for Xbox 360.

    Sure, there is money to be made (bands will get paid if their songs are purchased by Rock Band users). But, that’s not our focus. This is a hobby of ours and we are looking for some cool music to chart/author for Rock Band.

    Contact me directly, or leave a comment if you want more details.
    shawn@javadevelop.com

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